Transforming Lives

Every day, all over the world, USAID brings peace to those who endure violence, health to those who struggle with sickness, and prosperity to those who live in poverty. It is these individuals — these uncounted thousands of lives — that are the true measure of USAID’s successes and the true face of USAID's programs.

30 NOVEMBER 2010 | TANA VILLAGE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Tana Village is located in Charbolak District 28km from the provincial capital of Balkh Province. As an insecure village, Tana has been a victim of insurgency and criminal activities for a long time. The insecurity has hampered social, economic, and educational development in the area and prevented
29 NOVEMBER 2010 | BAMYAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Located in central Afghanistan, Bamyan Province is largely agrarian and its residents rely on agriculture and animal husbandry to earn a living.  However, there are few economic opportunities in the province and many households live in poverty.  A lack of employment opportunities causes residents to either go abroad to seek other alternatives in order to earn a living.
 
29 NOVEMBER 2010 | OMAKAI VILLAGE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Residents of Omakai Village in Balkh Province have long suffered from a lack of social and economic development opportunities and access to basic services because of an absence of proper roads and transportation to the district center.  With local residents unable to travel, the village became host to a high level of insurgent activity, and the local government was unable to regain control of the area.
 
29 NOVEMBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
A recent annual survey ranks Afghanistan as one of the second most corrupt country in the world, with only Somalia ranking worse.  Despite this reputation, Afghan governmental officials are making efforts to reduce corruption.  This has included the Afghanistan Supreme Court establishing the country’s first Anti-Corruption Tribunal.
 
29 NOVEMBER 2010 | ORYA KHIL VILLAGE, AFGHANISTAN
 
23 NOVEMBER 2010 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Hamkari de Kandahar Lepara (cooperation for Kandahar) is the Afghan Government’s strategy to provide the people of Kandahar with security, representative governance, and social service delivery through the Afghan Government and the international community.  The plan combines improved governance with development and stabilization efforts in Kandahar City, a previous Taliban stronghold that has suffered from a lack of community engagement with the government.
 
23 NOVEMBER 2010 | HILMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Women in Hilmand Province, located in Afghanistan’s conservative south, live under extremely restrictive conditions.  They rarely leave their homes and it is difficult for development activities to reach them.  Nevertheless, the Department of Women’s Affairs has played an active role in the province since 2002, maintaining women’s centers in several locations that serve as the only resource centers where women can socialize, receive vocational training, and hold events.
 
16 NOVEMBER 2010 | HILMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
For the past eight months, farmers in the southern Afghan district of Marja have lived in fear of accepting government or foreign aid.  Assassinations, road bombs, and night letters intimidated the local population.
 
13 NOVEMBER 2010 | ARGHANDAB, AFGHANISTAN
 
It’s harvest time again in Arghandab, in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar.  At an orchard near the village of Mian Juy, pickers on high pomegranate branches drop fruit into the hands of waiting packers.  Zahir Shah, a local buyer, moves among them, tabulating numbers on a clipboard.  He’s been buying pomegranates wholesale for seven years, and he says he’s never seen a harvest like this one.
 

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Last updated: January 08, 2014